How to Photograph Fireworks

A steady surface is key to photograph fireworks.
No way do you want blurry photos. Use a tripod.

Where does one begin when they want to photograph fireworks? Well, it all starts with
a good camera. A cellphone or standard point-and-shoot camera may get you a few
nice shots, but the more control and knowledge you have in photography, the
better shots you will have to wow your friends and family. Here are some things
to keep in mind.

1. Tripod: Sitting your camera on a firm platform will guarantee you non-blurry images, but that’s not the only thing you need.

2. Timed Shots: Another thing you can do is set your shots on a timer or invest in a remote release device. This ensures that your camera will be 100% still during the grand finale.

3. Framing: In order to make it easy, you may want to have your camera all the way zoomed out, especially if it has a good amount of pixels.

4. Location: Know where you are going to shoot beforehand, and get their early. It may be a popular spot.

5. Speed: For best results, set your aperture on the small side in between f/8 and f/16. For shutter speed, you’ll want to shoot in what is called ‘bulb’ mode. This is when the photographer will keep the shutter open for very long exposures.

Above all else, set your camera in manual mode and give yourself complete control over your shots. Enjoy the results and start practicing for New Year’s and July 4, 2015!

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